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Northern California wildfire forces evacuation of 200 homes near Gold Rush-era town

August 25, 2014 at 11:57 am Comments are Disabled

WEAVERVILLE  >> Crews working in steep terrain were building containment lines around a wildfire that chased people from about 200 homes near the California Gold Rush-era boomtown of Weaverville. CalFire spokeswoman Cris Hartman said early Monday that the fire was 25 percent contained. Firefighters worked through the night to keepRead More

Water School beats traffic school any day of the week

August 13, 2014 at 3:30 pm 1 comment

At Water School in Santa Cruz, the drought police version of traffic school, the folks trying to work off a penalty for using too much water rarely demonstrate the seething cynicism of speeders and scofflaws. There’s a general shrug that — yup — they were caught by a fair butRead More

Learning to conserve at Water School

Learning to conserve at Water School

August 13, 2014 at 3:26 pm Comments are Disabled

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Some overindulged their zucchini patch. Others didn’t bother with that dripping kitchen sink. But now every Monday night in this drought-stricken beach town, dozens of residents who violated their strict rations take a seat at Water School, hoping to get hundreds of thousands of dollars inRead More

Helicopter crew prepares for Northern California wildfire season

Helicopter crew prepares for Northern California wildfire season

August 6, 2014 at 8:37 am Comments are Disabled

LOS GATOS – A few firefighters with the best vantage of wildfire season in the Santa Cruz Mountains this summer have been battling fires from the air, dropping hundreds of gallons of water from a Cal Fire helicopter and guiding ground crews to remote areas. Although the rural areas inRead More

Crews battling two wildfires in northern California

August 4, 2014 at 8:52 am Comments are Disabled

BURNEY, Calif. — Firefighters were focusing on two wildfires near each other in northern California that together have burned through more than 100 square miles of terrain — one of which was menacing a small town and prompted the evacuation of a long-term care hospital. The Shasta County sheriff hadRead More

Who has California’s toughest water regulations? Santa Cruz

Who has California’s toughest water regulations? Santa Cruz

August 4, 2014 at 8:36 am Comments are Disabled

SANTA CRUZ — In most California cities, if you see neighbors on the sidewalk this summer, they’re probably jogging or walking their dogs. But in Santa Cruz, there’s a new pastime: people lifting up the cement covers in front of their houses to read the water meter. This coastal cityRead More

We want water cops, says Santa Clara Valley Water District board

July 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm Comments are Disabled

SAN JOSE — The Santa Clara Valley Water District voted Tuesday to hire up to 10 conservation staff members to aid water-saving measures during one of the worst droughts in California’s history. Referred to by some as “water cops” — though they will not issue tickets or collect fines forRead More

Money for $25 billion Delta water tunnels can come from property taxes without public vote

Money for $25 billion Delta water tunnels can come from property taxes without public vote

July 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm Comments are Disabled

Major water districts in California are quietly considering using property taxes — and possibly raising them without a vote of the public — to help fund Gov. Jerry Brown’s $25 billion plan to build two massive tunnels through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Most property tax hikes require a two-thirdsRead More

Southern Californians use 8 percent more water while almost all other areas of the state use less

Southern Californians use 8 percent more water while almost all other areas of the state use less

July 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm 2 comments

Southern Californians used 8 percent more water in May than last year, a bump related to soaring temperatures and faith in a drought-busting El Niño that made conservation seem less urgent, water experts said Wednesday. A water use increase in the Los Angeles and San Diego urban area was theRead More

California recreation cancellations caused by the water shortage

California recreation cancellations caused by the water shortage

July 14, 2014 at 8:41 am Comments are Disabled

Barbara Padilla’s traditional family camping trip in a San Mateo County redwood park was canceled because of the drought. Jim Travis’ annual spring charity rubber ducky race in Livermore was relocated to a high school swimming pool when a stream dried up. A Southern California rafting company called off itsRead More